The police confront violent people and criminals in our society on a daily basis. Their job is certainly tough, but the police are people too, and sometimes they make bad decisions on the job.
However, that shouldn’t give them a free pass, especially when something goes terribly wrong. They should be held to a higher standard.
The letter writer is trying to imply that our police are our saviours or knights in white shining armour, always there to protect us. But in the real world “to serve and protect” is nothing more than a slogan. Like the fire department and EMS, the police only come after something has already happened, not before. They investigate the crime and hopefully get the criminals responsible, but there is no guarantee.
Innocent victims, especially vulnerable ones, are faced with the same criminals that the police face every day. Criminals do not change. When it comes to self-defence many Canadians are also prepared and are quite capable of handling themselves before the police arrive. Criminals are less likely to complete their crime when they are faced with an armed victim.